Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD) 101, is a physical therapy continuing education course that focuses on teaching essential skills with hands-on lab time and web-based learning. This class contains a unique combination of objectives that streamline what you need to know to get started or boost your pelvic floor physical therapy practice. This is a unique opportunity to learn in a mentoring atmosphere. Class size limited, register early.
This is a hybrid course. Hybrid learning requires pre-study at your own pace prior to the first day of the live seminar. A detailed list of the private channel youtube videos, slideshows and guideline readings will be supplied to the participant upon registration. Plan on 8 hours of self-study and a post-test the first day of the seminar.
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Upon completion of the live seminar the participant will be able to:
- Perform internal vaginal examination of the pelvic floor muscles and palpate key bony landmarks.
- Identify vulvar anatomy and perform specific tests for incontinence and pelvic pain conditions.
- Locate and palpate specific pelvic floor muscles in each internal layer of the pelvic floor.
- Identify and grade pelvic organ prolapse stages by internal examination.
- Teach pelvic floor exercises (Kegel or Reverse Kegel) with and without an internal exam.
- Perform specific pelvic floor muscle internal release techniques.
- Describe evidence-based interventions and treatment progression with case studies of patients with chronic pelvic pain from vulvodynia, IC, urinary incontinence and POP.
Objectives for Home Study
- Describe the normal anatomy and functions of the pelvic floor and lower urinary tract.
- Describe indications and contraindications to a vaginal pelvic floor examination.
- Identify specific symptom presentation and outcome questionnaires/evaluation tools for different types of PFD.
- Describe current practice guidelines for the types of urinary incontinence (stress, urge OAB), pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain conditions treated with physical therapy.
- Review prevalence, symptoms, differential diagnosis and treatment options of Vulvodynia.
- Identify behavioral factors contributing to incontinence or bladder symptoms and perform education and treatment (diary, bladder retraining).
Saturday Day 1
8:00 Objectives – Introduction
- Home study Post Test The Layer System of Pelvic Floor (PF) Examination / Detailed PF and Vulvar Anatomy, Types of Incontinence and Prolapse, Behavioral Training for Bladder Health
- Review of Indications and Contraindications for Internal PF Examination
- Explaining an Internal Vaginal Pelvic Floor Exam to your Patients
9:30 Lab 1 Practicum: Foundation PF exam
- Vulvar anatomy, Skin and Scar Assessment,
- PF Contraction / Release Instruction and Breathing Assessment
- External Palpation of Bony Landmarks
- Specific PF muscle Layer assessment-fascial connections
11:00 Questionnaires and Case Studies for Incontinence and Prolapse Conditions
12:00 LUNCH – On your own
1:00 Bladder Diaries and Behavioral Interventions for PFD (Bring your completed diaries)
2:15 Lab 2 Practicum: Review foundation exam and add
- Pelvic Floor MMT (Laycock PERFECT scale)
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse Examination
3:45 PF exercises, motor control, lifestyle interventions
- Case Studies and Treatment Progressions
- Incontinence and Prolapse Treatment Guidelines
Sunday Day 2
8:00 Review and Questions
- Home Study Post Test Overview of Pelvic Pain Conditions
9:30 Lab 3 Practicum: Review foundation exam and add
- Detailed External Assessment/Specific Evaluations for Pain
- Pelvic Floor Internal Muscle Identification
- Specific PF Release Techniques
11:00 Questionnaires and Case Studies for Pelvic Pain Conditions
12:00 LUNCH – On your own
1:00 Vulvar Health and Pelvic Pain Education
Pelvic Pain Treatment Progression
Case Studies for Pelvic Pain
2:15 Lab 4 Summary/ Internal PF Rx Techniques
3:45 Case Studies and Summary
- Review and Course Post Test
- Course evaluation